The 11th annual FirstLight Academy Screenings continue with a stellar collection of films during the Christmas season and New Year's holidays. FirstLight features award-worthy films of 2009, showing on the majestic Castle Theater screen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. After kicking off last month, the lineup includes most of the recently announced Golden Globe nominees, which are also expected to be in contention for Oscars and other film prizes.
FirstLight offers complimentary admission to voting members of the Motion Picture Academy, but offers regular film fans opportunities to see many of the films ahead of their national release.
Here is this week's FirstLight schedule, with brief synopses provided by the Maui Film Festival. For more details, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.
“The Lovely Bones”
* Noon "Coraline" PG, 1:41.
Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side.
* 2 p.m. "Amelia" PG, 1:51.
Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviatrix and enigmatic symbol of the American free spirit, who was guided by a profound curiosity for everything life had to offer.
* 5 p.m. "Pirate Radio" R, 2:15.
An irreverent yet fact-based tale of a seafaring band of rogue rock 'n' roll DJs whose "pirate radio" captivated and inspired 1960s Britain. Playing the music that rocked a nation and a decade, the group boldly and hilariously defies the government that tries to shut them down.
* 7:30 p.m. "New York, I Love You" R, 1:43.
A collaboration of storytelling from some of today's most imaginative filmmakers and featuring an all-star cast. Together they create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city's heartbeat.
* 2 p.m. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by
Sapphire" R, 1:50.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a 16-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want.
* 5 p.m. "A Single Man" NR,1:39.
Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, it is the story of a British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his longtime partner.
* 7:30 p.m. "Me and Orson Welles" PG-13, 1:54.
The coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in "Julius Caesar" as it's being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles at his newly-founded Mercury Theater in New York City in 1937.
* 2 p.m. "Inglourious Basterds" R, 2:33.
A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film.
* 5 p.m. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" R, 1:33.
In this quirky dark comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is true, astonishing revelations about a top- secret wing of the U.S. military come to light when a reporter encounters an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission.
* 7:30 p.m. "The Lovely Bones" PG-13, 2:19.
The film centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer -from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to hear.
* 2 p.m. "Where the Wild Things Are" PG, 1:41.
It follows the adventures of Max, a headstrong young boy who leaves home after having a fight with his mother - only to find himself in a mysterious forest bordering a vast sea.
* 5 p.m. "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" PG, 1:33.
Pippa Lee is a 50-year-old wife and mother whose husband has an affair (mirroring Pippa's own adventures with a married man when she was a young woman).
* 7:30 p.m. "Creation" PG, 1:48.
A world-renowned scientist, and a dedicated family man struggling to accept his daughter's death, Charles Darwin is torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place.